An adrenaline junkie’s dream

nbua-31-05-12-buxtonraceway - Frankie Wainman Junior in action at Buxton Raceway. Photo by John Holford.
nbua-31-05-12-buxtonraceway - Frankie Wainman Junior in action at Buxton Raceway. Photo by John Holford.

BUXTON and the Peak District has long been known for its beauty and tranquillity - but just three miles from the town centre lies an adrenaline junkie’s dream.

Buxton Raceway began in the 1970s when local farmer George Mycock got together with some friends to discuss setting up a racing facility in the area. Mr Mycock gave up some of his land and the rest, as they say, is history!

Today, Buxton Raceway boasts a 380 metre tarmac oval with steel plate fencing, a covered stand licenced bar and even trackside parking.

Unlike many other motorsports, spectators at Buxton Raceway can walk around the pits, meet the drivers and even sit in the cars.

And with a variety of formulas and racing action on offer there’s bound to be something to entertain everyone.

Promoter Matthew Watson said: “It’s good family entertainment. We usually have around 20 races and the gates open at 10.30am so you can come and watch the drivers practising.

“We can have anything from 120 to 170 cars here and when there’s banger racing on you get every single car you can think of racing.

“It’s just a great, fun day out with a friendly atmosphere.”

Many of the staff at Buxton Raceway give up their time for free to help out with the many jobs that need doing there both on racedays and also all year round.

And it seems that once you get involved, you’re hooked.

For 15 years Tony Osborne has been one of the most important people at each race-day event - he is the man responsible for starting and finishing each race.

“Dave Pierce (former promoter at Buxton Raceway) got me into it,” Tony explained. “I was stood at Coventry one night shouting my head off at the starter so he asked me if I wanted to do it at Buxton. Fifteen years later I’m still here.”

And Tony is not alone, Frank Lynch has been providing medical cover at Buxton Raceway for 20 years, where high speed and high impact racing make it a necessity. He said: “It’s a very good crowd up here and it’s really exciting racing.”

The next event at Buxton Raceway is on Monday June 4 when the track is hosting an action packed afternoon of racing including BriSCA F2 Stock cars, banger racing and even caravan racing.

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